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MoDOT's budget shortfall may leave many roads without needed work

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(KMOV.com) – MoDOT said budget constraints will force the agency to cut back work on secondary roads.

MoDOT faces a budget shortfall, the legislature failed to appropriate more money for MoDOT during the most recent legislative session. A proposal to raise the gasoline tax by two cents did not get out of the state senate. The agency said it has to focus on big roads such as interstates. State and county roads such as Manchester, Gravois, Clarkson, and Highway K will receive only token maintenance.

“We are not going to abandon them, we are going to patch potholes, plow snow and cut the grass to sightlines, but they will start to fall apart, develop potholes be rougher,” said MoDOT engineer Greg Horn.

Currently, 72 percent of secondary roads in Missouri are in good shape, but MoDOT says only 27 percent will be in good condition in 10 years if funds are not increased.

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